Lawrence H. Schiffman

Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies; Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies; Director of the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies

Ph.D. 1974 (Near Eastern and Judaic studies), M.A. and B.A. 1970 (Near Eastern and Judaic studies), Brandeis.

Office: Heyman Hall 53 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012-1075

Fax: 212-995-4178

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Research Interests

Dead Sea Scrolls; Jewish religious, political, and social history in late antiquity; the history of Jewish law and Talmudic literature.

External Affiliations

Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, member Board of Directors Fellow, American Academy for Jewish Research Association for Jewish Studies (Vice President for Publications) International Organization for Qumran Studies Israel Exploration Society Jewish Law Association Society of Biblical Literature (have served on Editorial Board and as chairman, Qumran Section) University Seminar for the Study of the Hebrew Bible, Columbia University University Seminar on Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University World Union of Jewish Studies (member of the council) Corresponding Fellow, Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies, Bar-Ilan University

Select Publications

Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society. 1994.

From Text to Tradition, A History of Judaism in Second Temple and Rabbinic Times. Hoboken, NJ: Ktav. 1989.

Who Was a Jew? Rabbinic and Halakhic Perspectives on the Jewish-Christian Schism. Hoboken, NJ: Ktav. 1985.

Sectarian Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Courts, Testimony, and the Penal Code. California: Scholars Press. 1983.


Visiting Crane Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 1996; Shoshana Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, 1996; Fellow, Annenberg Research Institute (now Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania), 1992-1993; Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 1989-1990; Visiting Professor: Yale University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Duke University, and the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.